IVF is expensive, distressing, and physically difficult for some, and if that is you, maybe you should consider the option of mild IVF, also known as micro IVF or mini IVF.\r\n\r\nIn mild IVF you will be given a smaller dosage of fertility drugs for a few days, which means lower cost, lesser discomfort and side-effects. However, with this method fewer eggs are collected, which in turn could result in lesser chances of success.\r\n\r\n Read the below to understand what mild IVF is, what are its pros and cons, and if you should opt for mild IVF at all.\r\n\r\n \r\nWhat happens in mild IVF?\r\nAs the name suggests, mild IVF is a softer approach to the conventional IVF, which means a lesser aggressive drug therapy is used.\r\n\r\nThe suppression of gonadotropin hormones, as in the antagonist protocol of IVF, is not done in mild IVF so your body will never go into the temporary menopausal stage.\r\n\r\n Eggs will be collected after only a few days of ovarian stimulation and fused with the sperm from your partner.\r\n\r\nThe resultant embryos will be then transferred to your uterus.\r\n\r\nSo, it is more convenient and cheaper than conventional IVF, why don\u2019t all doctors offer it all the time and make it the standard treatment? Because the success rates are believed to be lower. Mild IVF is not for everyone and you must read the pros and cons before making a final decision.\r\n\r\n\r\nPros and Cons of Mild IVF\r\nPros\r\n\r\n \tA lower dose of fertility drugs is required\r\n \tInjections are given for a shorter time period\r\n \tUnlike in conventional IVF, the suppression of natural cycle is not done, which means you will not face any menopausal symptoms\r\n \tFewer side effects on your body\r\n \tIn case the treatment is not successful, it can be repeated more quickly because the body recovers more easily\r\n \tCost of IVF is lower per cycle\r\n\r\nCons\r\n\r\n \tFewer eggs are collected\r\n \tFewer embryos are formed, which means there is little choice to select and transfer the best quality embryos\r\n \tSuccess rates are lower\r\n \tCould prove to be more expensive if multiple cycles are required\r\n\r\n \r\nWhat are my chances of success with mild IVF?\r\nIt wouldn\u2019t be fair to draw conclusions on the limited data that is available yet. However, it is surely stated that fewer eggs result from mild stimulation IVF, which result in a lower success rate.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe above chart is based on data shared by the Journal of Human Reproduction\r\nShould I go for mild IVF?\r\nOnly a detailed discussion with your doctor after completely studying your reports can reveal if mild IVF is for you. It is offered in selective cases where:\r\n\r\n \tYou have a history of PCOS\r\n \tYou are at a high risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)\r\n \tYou have chances of adverse reactions to fertility drugs\r\n \tYour ovarian reserve is so low that even after taking standard amount of fertility drugs only few eggs are collected (as in older age women)\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMild IVF has become a little bit of a trend with some clinic aggressively promoting this technique over the conventional method. However, as of now, the available data suggests that the chances of IVF success are higher in cases where more eggs are collected.\r\n\r\nHave an honest discussion with your infertility doctor about the ideal protocol of IVF given your conditions.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDo you have any experience with mild IVF? Please share it with us in the comments below.